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29.10.2018 - 00:10 [ Guardian ]

MI5 to take over in fight against rise of UK rightwing extremism

The switch from the police – which has always previously taken responsibility for monitoring far right extremism – to MI5 means that the ideology will now sit in the same portfolio as Islamist terrorism and Northern Ireland-related terrorism, which are both covered by the domestic security service.

The decision also means that extreme rightwing activity will now be officially designated as posing a major threat to national security.

20.10.2018 - 11:34 [ Techdirt ]

Billionaire Backer Of Palantir & Facebook Insists He’s Bankrupting Journalists To Protect Your Privacy

(16.8.2016) We’ve already made it quite clear where we stand on Peter Thiel financing a number of lawsuits against Gawker Media as some sort of retaliation for some articles he didn’t like. Lots of people who really hate Gawker don’t seem to care how problematic Thiel’s actions are, but you should be concerned, even if you dislike Gawker — in part, because many of the lawsuits Thiel appears to be backing are clearly bogus and just designed to bankrupt the company, which happened a couple months ago.

This week is the auction to see who ends up with Gawker, and Thiel is taking a weird victory lap with a silly and misleading oped in the NY Times where he argues that this was really all about making a stand for privacy and has nothing to do with shitting on the First Amendment. There’s a lot in the article that’s bullshit, and it deserves a thorough debunking, so here we go.

20.10.2018 - 11:24 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Secretive Data Company Palantir Weighs Giant Public Offering

(18.10.2018) Palantir is discussing with investment banks Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley plans to go public as soon as the second half of 2019, the people said. Some bankers have told the firm it could go public with a valuation of as much as $41 billion—depending in part on the timing—or twice what it was most recently…

13.10.2018 - 11:21 [ Haaretz ]

General’s Final Confession Links 1956 Massacre to Israel’s Secret Plan to Expel Arabs

‚Yiska‘ Shadmi, the highest IDF officer tried for the Kafr Qasem massacre, admitted before his death that his trial was staged to protect military and political elites. Historian Adam Raz believes that behind the horrific 1956 event was a secret plan to transfer Israel’s Arabs

29.07.2018 - 14:02 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Arab Leader Suspended From Knesset Debates for Insulting Police Officers

(3.7.2018) The incident in questioned occurred after a protest in Haifa against the killing of Palestinians along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel. Odeh had gone to the Bnei Zion (Rothschild) Medical Center in Haifa to visit human rights activist Jafar Farah, who claims that an Israel Police officer had cursed and beaten him during the demonstration. When the police tried to prevent the MK from entering the hospital, Odeh responded by yelling insults at them, telling them, “Who are you at all? Go to hell!“ And, he added, “You are nothing!”

Ethics Committee members decided that with such behavior, Odeh had violated the directive whereby MKs must act in a way that is appropriate to their status as representatives of the public.

29.07.2018 - 13:59 [ Haaretz ]

Case Against Policemen Who Assaulted Israeli Arab Lawmaker Dropped

(29.7.2018) The investigation first focused on the sponge-tipped bullets. The police rebutted Odeh’s claim that he was hit by one, arguing that no fire was directed at him and that he was hit by stones thrown by protesters. A medical report could not determine what caused his wound, and questions remain.

Haaretz has learned that none of the policemen had mentioned the confrontation with Odeh in his report, and investigators could not identify who used the pepper spray, even though the entire incident was documented on videotape.

30.06.2018 - 14:06 [ thisInsider.com ]

A California resident called the police on a black firefighter who was just doing his job

(26.6.2018) An Oakland, California, resident called the police on a black firefighter inspecting residential buildings.
He was wearing his uniform and had his fire engine parked nearby.
The event comes amid a spate of stories where people are calling the police on black people doing nothing wrong.

22.05.2018 - 20:12 [ Haaretz ]

Every Day That Lieberman Is Defense Minister

“Every day that Ayman Odeh is not in prison is a failure of law enforcement,” Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said of the chairman of the Joint List, the third largest bloc in the Knesset. Interior Minister Gilad Erdan — who lost no haste in pronouncing Yakub Abu al-Kian, who was shot dead by police in Umm al-Hiran, a terrorist — quickly joined in. He announced that he would ask the attorney general to launch a criminal investigation against Odeh, who cursed out a police officer at the hospital where Jafar Farah, the director of Mossawa Center, the Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens in Israel, was being treated while under arrest in connection to a protest in Haifa.

22.05.2018 - 19:52 [ Sharona Weiss ‏/ Twitter ]

Unbelievable. Israel’s Defense Minister incited against Palestinian Knesset member Ayman Odeh & joint list members for criticizing the police, calling them „terrorists“ who belong in jail not Knesset & threatening it is time for them „to pay the price“ (whatever that means)

06.05.2018 - 16:40 [ nst.com.my ]

Lecturer’s assassins used fake Serbia, Montenegro passports

He suspects both men fled to Thailand not long after the murder to return to the „country of origin“, whom he declined to identify.

On whether the assassins were related to Israel’s spy agency as speculated by many, including the victim’s family, the source would only say that the men were „highly professional“ in their fields.

„Both men are related to interested parties in the Arab-Israeli conflict,“ he said. –

06.05.2018 - 16:32 [ Al Jazeera ]

Malaysia releases sketches of suspects in Fadi al-Batsh killing

(23.4.2018) The computer-generated photographs of the suspects are based on descriptions by witnesses, police chief Mohamad Fuzi Bin Harun told reporters. They show two light-skinned suspects who may be European or Middle Eastern. Both men are about 180cm with sturdy builds, the police chief said, according to a recording of his comments heard by Reuters news agency.

13.04.2018 - 05:53 [ Robert C. Koehler / Common Wonders ]

Lynchings Past and Present

“But can we really say the lynchings that happen now are any different than in my grandmother’s day? . . . Alton Sterling and Philando Castile really only committed the offense of being Black in the wrong place at the wrong time. And it was enough to get them lynched by standard issue Glock 9mm wielded by police who will say their intention was to establish authority over a situation.”

We’re not who we think we are. We sanitize our past and call it heritage. We sanitize the present and call it justice. It’s time to start looking at the truth in all directions.

04.04.2018 - 01:39 [ Bloomberg ]

California Would Require Twitter, Facebook to Disclose Bots

California has proposed legislation that would require social platforms like Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. to identify automated accounts, or bots, amid a push by state lawmakers to police the technology companies that have proven vulnerable to manipulation and the spread of fake news.

Bots, which can be purchased or created by individuals or organizations, have been used to inflate influence or amplify divisive opinions in politics and national tragedies.